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Im doing a scan tomorrow of a luxury home that's under construction. The only problem is that it's supposed to be cloudy, the home doesn't have lighting yet, and the outside of the home is wrapped in plastic.

I'm thinking of getting some kind of LED battery Floodlight to set on top of the camera to boost lighting. Has anyone tried something similar? Thoughts?
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davidpylyp private msg quote post Address this user
Mark Passerby and HD Hat have all kinds of goodies

http://www.hdhatstore.com/Lighting/
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I believe Dan had a previous post where he attached LED lights to the camera and also provided a link for his final product, I am not sure where it was though.

Ron
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Spencer,

David makes a good suggestion in terms of those LED lights. I used something like that when I used to do videography. But a 3D model is so different. It will make the colors of something distant dim and they'll abruptly get brighter when you navigate through the model to another location.

That might not be a problem since that is kind of how it is in real life, anyway. But it is something to think about. If you do it, I'll be very interested in seeing the results.

The other thing you have to consider if you get the lights suggested by David is how you will mount it on the Matterport camera since there isn't a standard camera shoe mount on the top.

You could buy one of these and stick it to the top:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/613979-REG/Impact_9031540_Adhesive_Backed_Accessory_Shoe_2_Pack.html/prm/alsVwDtl

But who wants to glue something to the top of the camera? And with the height of the light, the leverage could just rip it right off anyway.

Another option might be an L bracket you could mount below the camera that allows you to put a flash to the side or above the camera. Here are a couple that might work:

http://www.amazon.com/Heavy-Photography-Bracket-Standard-Mounts/dp/B005Z4ROIW/

http://www.proamusa.com/DSLR-Handle-Grip-Flash-Bracket-with-Accessory-Sh-p/LH02.htm

But as I think about how they'd have to be installed, they wouldn't spin with the camera as it goes around.

Other options might be having a stationary light in each room as you go:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-5-ft-2500-Lumen-Multi-Directional-LED-Work-Light-3PL-TP-DF-24W/203455015

Or some sort of clamp light:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-150-Watt-Incandescent-Clamp-Light-CE-300PDQ/100354511

Whatever you decide, please let us know what you chose and what the results were like.
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I found Dan's link and results

http://forum.we-get-around.com/topic/57/capture-outdoors-at-night/

Ron
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I'd be curious to see how that turns out. I did a 8000 sf home under construction with no electricity a few weeks ago. Most of the rooms had sufficient window light except for 2, and I went ahead and scanned them anyway. It's surprising just how little light is needed. They looked so dark in person, but seemed almost bright in the scans.

https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=3ZsTXyWLrto
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Desireebyrd, I am not sure how long you have been using your camera, I have been using ours over a year and have also noticed a drastic change in the ability to do low light rooms. I did a condo and the office had no windows and just small lamp with dark wood. I was very concerned because of past experience in low light not as good. I was also pleasantly surprised this time around the office was great but living room and dinning area with full wall of windows slightly washed out.

Ron
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Update:
Although the home wasn't as dark as I thought it would be, the basement had some very dark rooms. I was very surprised how well the camera picked up the dark rooms. The only time you need additional lighting is if there's truly no light.

http://1911highlands.renderingspace.com/
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It looks good.

Ron
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Hi all!
Tomorrow I will scan the Zoological Museum. Very dark, lots of glass.
Will try my Under camera 360 degrees light system
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Cool, let us know how it turns out! Nice set up.
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@Andrew great!!!
I want to see how it works
Please share SC
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Hi all!
Tomorrow I will scan the Zoological Museum. Very dark, lots of glass.
Will try my Under camera 360 degrees light system


Hi Andrew,
I want to avoid camera shadows and other shadows on the walls.
do you think I can use your "invention"?

How are the results BTW? are you happy with the setting?

It seems to me your LEDs are just hanging? do you fix them to anything?

Thanks
Cyrus
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@chdsi80

I successfully use my iPhone flashlight to "burn" in light. I am a few feet behind the camera - holding the iPhone high - and while the camera rotates, I "brush" in light. I contacly keep the phone moving so that I do not create sharp lines of dark and light areas or shadows on walls.

The Camera does very well in low light with out this. I only do this in very, very dark areas.

Practice and review your results.

Dan
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